The WIld West

So a guy was out riding his bike on the rail trail at 3 AM.  He had just finished up his shift driving trucks and was riding home.  He encountered a driver who was angry that he was riding his bike at night and a verbal altercation ensued.  Later as the rider was making his way through Muddy an ATV comes up from behind him and hits him.  The ATV then backs up so he can run over his bike again.

I can’t fathom this, it sounds more like fiction then reality.  Today’s reality feels like fiction to me.  Remember how Biff Henderson had changed Hill Valley in Back to the Future part II.  Biff made millions of dollars when his future self gave him a sports almanac.  He had turned Hill Valley into a Dystopian nightmare.

I don’t know about the rest of the world but the town I live in is awash in drugs and poverty.  There is little opportunity and little hope, but there have been some big changes lately.  Lots of new development.  New convenience stores, liquor stores, a gun shop and gambling parlors; gas, guns, gambling and grog, those are our growth areas.   As Illinois has been wrestling with falling revenue and skyrocketing pension obligations somebody thought a good idea to make money would be legalizing video gambling, it’s alot easier to gamble when you’re liquored up.   I’m sure the state planned on making a little money with the concealed carry law.

Maybe some folks are nostalgic for the Wild West of TV and movies, I just hope we don’t devolve to shootouts and I certainly hope someone doesn’t decide to run me over with his horse.

About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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2 Responses to The WIld West

  1. Kate says:

    It’s scary how anti-cyclist some people can be. I’m lucky, bc the most aggressive thing a driver has done is puffed us with smoke while driving past.

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